I’m not a great sleeper.

Part of that may be my kid’s fault, but I’ve never felt I get a particularly restful sleep. I wake up easily. Every noise seems to cause me to stir.

So when a former client emailed me to let me know of her newest venture, NZLavender, I was ALL about it. Relaxation! Calming properties! Sign me up.
New Zealand lavender field #NZlavender

I’m new to using lavender oil so I promptly did some research into how to use it.

1. Put it in your bath.
If you need a little extra help relaxing, put a few drops of lavender oil into your bath water. It can help support a peaceful state of mind.

2. Use to treat minor burns.
After running your burn under cold water for awhile, put a few drops of lavender oil directly on the burn. It helps with the healing process.

3. Use as a sleep aid
Rub a few drops on your hands then apply to your pillow (or your children’s pillows).

4. Eczema and other skin issues
Mix a few drops of lavender with coconut oil to treat skin issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.

5. Treat insect bites.
Apply lavender oil to a cotton ball and rub on itchy bug bites. (I cannot wait to try this over the summer. Mosquitos LOVE me.)

I’ve been putting lavender oil on my pillow every night for the past few nights and I definitely feel more relaxed! Next up is for me to buy a diffuser for my kid’s rooms.

What do you need to know about NZLavender oil?
- 100% grown and distilled in New Zealand
- 100% pure and natural – nothing added and nothing taken away
- 100% True lavender – Lavandula angustifolia – the most effective and safest of all the lavenders
- Arguably the World’s first hypoallergenic lavender oil
- Ideal for use on delicate skin, due to its unique low allergen and low irritant composition
- High levels of the healing components in lavender, so perfect for aromatherapy
- Non GMO (GE/GM free)
- Tested each year by independent laboratories
- Wonderfully balanced, smooth and gentle, long-lasting aroma
- Attractively packaged in a blue glass bottle and box – the perfect gift

You can follow NZLavender on Twitter and Facebook!

Intrigued? Want to try it out? Enter to win a 5mL bottle via the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest ends Thursday, April 24 at 11:59pm EST. US entries only.

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Disclosure: NZLavender is a client of mine. I am helping them with their US launch.

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Maybe RunDisney will make me a runner

by Erin L. on April 16, 2014

I am not a runner.

Pretty much someone big and scary needs to be chasing me for me to run. I’ll do it if I have to. Or if a friend says “hey, this is going to be really cool, you need to do it.” But really I don’t run.

Almost 11 years ago (OMG really?) I walked a marathon. Yes, walked. I may have run three miles but I walked the rest. Was I crazy? Maybe. But my best friend’s niece was battling cancer and it seemed like the least I could do was raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her honor. So I raised a little over $2,500 and completed a marathon.

It was then that I decided, no, I am not a runner.

But then we had the opportunity to do a two mile fun run at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference this past weekend. How could I say no?

So I got up at 5:15 a.m. (#reallyfreaking early with my friend Nadia from Childmode) and was raring to go. Can’t you tell?

Disney Social Media Moms Fun Run #reallyfreakingearly

It was amazing. We ran through Disney Land, through the castle and ended in Cars Land in California Adventure Park. It felt fabulous and I am SO incredibly glad that I did it.

RunDisney at Disney Social Media Moms

Jessica, Andrea and I finishing the race

Disney Social Media Moms 2014 RunDisney Fun Run

Maybe the key here is that I’m not a long distance runner. A mile here or there? Sure, bring it on. A half or full marathon? Um, no.

So I’m adding an official RunDisney event to my life list. I’m not sure which one yet or when I’ll do it, but any of the 5Ks will do. Plus, my little man LOVES to run so I’d be tickled pink to see him run in one of the kid races.

RunDisney offers eight events:
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Expedition Everest Challenge
Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon (new this year!)

How about I aim for the Wine and Dine Event in 2015?

Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and received discounted rates and tickets to various events and attractions. The DSMM sponsors provided product and helped make the magic happen. My family had a fabulous time and all opinions come from our experience.

Photos, unless otherwise marked, provided by @hyku.

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Have you checked out the Healthy Essentials website yet?

April 15, 2014
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Disney Junior launched “Give a Book, Get a Book” campaign at Disney Social Media Moms

April 15, 2014
Disney Junior Give a Book, Get a Book

Saturday morning was epic. I sat down at a lovely table to eat my breakfast with some fabulous bloggy friends when all of a sudden Genevieve from Disney Junior’s CHOO CHOO SOUL took the stage. The whole room erupted into song. All aboard the choo choo train! I thought it couldn’t get any better. But it did. Minutes later the theme from one of my favorite childhood shows, Reading Rainbow, came over the loudspeaker. I can be anything Take a look It’s in a book A Reading Rainbow Then out [...]

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We’re still a little FROZEN crazy (Books, dolls, dress-ups and more!)

April 9, 2014
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Since our preordered FROZEN DVD showed up on my doorstep three weeks ago, we have watched it no less than 28 times. Yes, that’s once per day. And last week, on our road trip to DC, my children watched it twice, back to back. WINNING. They know all the songs. They adore all the characters. They recite lines while they play. My son thinks it’s awesome. My daughter?  OBSESSED. I got her a baby Sven stuffed animal for her birthday and I thought she was going to keel over from [...]

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Take Back Me Update #fitpowerclub

April 8, 2014

If you’re a regular reader, you know that a few months ago I decided to take back me. I needed to be healthier, work out more, and take some time for myself. How have I been doing? Well…let’s just say it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. Drinking 64 oz of water daily is really difficult and up until about a week or so ago, I haven’t been awesome about the gym. I was sick a few times and well, yes I have all sorts of excuses. [...]

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